Political Science and International Relations research students
See current research students within the Political Science and International Relations Programme.
Students are listed alphabetically under their respective programmes and degrees.
International Relations PhD candidates
Thesis title: 'Challenging Putnam's 2 Level game theory under leadership of Statist Tribesmen'
Qualifications: BA (CCNU, Wuhan), MA (UIBE, Beijing)
Thesis Title: ‘Distribution of value chains: structure and institutions of regional economic integration in East Asia’
Ge Lai received her MA in economics in 2014, from University of International Business and Economics (Beijing). Her thesis is that market driven industrial and productional forces are driving regionalism in East Asia. These productional networks from East Asia are global as well as regional. The structure of the East Asian economy explains the weakness of regionalism.
Areas of Interest: East Asia as a region of international political economy; global value chains; production network; the structure of regional economy.
Thesis title: 'Political Orientations, Geopolitics and Development Trajectory: Explaining Changes in Japan-China Relations in the 1990s'
Thesis title: 'Nuclear Detterance under Cybernetic Asymetry'
Lifang (Elaine) Peng
Thesis title: 'Creation, preservation and change of social institutions: China from 1949 to 2000'
Hongtao (Thomas) Song
Thesis title: 'An Empirical Study on How an Upper-middle-income Country Became Developed: 1900-2014'
Thesis title: 'Competing notions of nationalism in South Korea and how this tempers security policy toward North Korea'
Political Science PhD candidates
Thesis title: 'Simplification of the Party System in Indonesia toward Governance Effectiveness: Challenges and limitation'
Thesis Title: 'Transitions to democracy in four Asia-Pacific Monarchies at the turn of the twenty-first century'
Christine is exploring the transition process and consolidation outlook of four monarchies (Tonga, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal) that have been engaged in democratisation processes in the second half of the twentieth century and into the current century.
Christine is a former diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has served in a number of overseas countries.
Qualifications: BIT (Otago Polytechnic), GDipArts, BA Hons (VUW)
Thesis title: 'Public will and the political response to climate change in developed, liberal democracies'
Supervisors: Hilde Coffe and Ralph Chapman (Environmental Science)
Sam Crawley’s thesis examines the relationship between public will and the political response to climate change in developed, liberal democracies. In many countries, including those that have inadequate climate change policy, the public broadly supports robust action on climate change. However, a closer examination of public opinion shows that many who support action rank climate change as a low priority issue, with issues such as the economy typically ranked higher. The thesis, then, investigates the nature of public will, and the extent to which it is a factor in the political response to climate change in different countries, comparing its influence to other factors such as that of economic elites.
Areas of Interest: Public opinion, political behaviour, environmental politics, climate change politics, political representation
Qualifications: BA (Fujian Normal University, China), MA (Xiamen University, China)
Thesis Title: ‘Electoral Participation of Chinese New Zealanders’
Jie Huang’s has a special interest in the process of immigrants’ political integration. His research probes the electoral participation levels and patterns of Chinese New Zealanders, as well as various factors that influence them to pursue political engagement in the receiving country.
Areas of Interest: Electoral Behaviour, Public Opinion, Overseas Chinese Study
Qualifications: BA Hons, MA (University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Thesis title: 'Citizenship and Belonging of Sri Lankan Diaspora in New Zealand’
The concept of citizenship has traditionally been looked through the state’s point of view. In this research, Pavithra intends to look at citizenship through the lens of diasporic communities as to how they perceive it, while negotiating the sense of belonging with their home countries.
Prior to commencing the PhD, Pavithra was a lecturer in International Relations in the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Areas of Interest: Migration, Citizenship, Diaspora Studies
Thesis title: 'Sport as a "Terrain of Resistance": Counternarratives of National Identity within the New Zealand All Blacks'
Supervisor: Fiona Barker
Thesis title: 'A contestatory provost to defend freedom as “non-domination”: Democracy, Republicanism and the Power to Contest'.
Dr Dongfang (Linda) Wang
Qualifications: MA, PhD (Renmin University of Beijing)
Thesis title: 'The Third Wave: ‘Service’ Governance in China Urban Shequ’
Dr Wang’s PhD project focuses on urban governance in China. She looks at Urban Community reform from the perspective of interactions between state and society. Her thesis hypothesises that the grassroots governance is not only in terms with democratic development, but also is an interaction between state and social forces, and an interactive process of public service delivery. Her thesis attempts to explore how the state governs the society, and what is thenewgovernance logic and mechanism in the Urban Community of China.
Areas of Interest: Comparative politics; Local governance; Chinese politics and government.
Thesis title: 'How can Europe respond to Russian Information Aggression? A strategic narrative approach'
Supervisor: David Capie
Thesis title: 'The Dream of the dragon: A Content Analysis of Xi Jinping's "China Dream"'
Supervisor: Jason Young
Thesis title: 'New Zealand's Greatest Prime Ministers: A comparative study of Primeministerial performance'.
Supervisor: Stephen Levine